Oregon hunters are offering a $500 reward for information about a poacher who shot a deer and left it dead in a Reedsport boat launch around 3 a.m. on June 17.
The report must lead to an arrest or citation and the reporting party could opt for four ODFW fighter preference points instead.
Soldiers responded to the launch of the Rainbow Plaza boat around 4:30 a.m. in response to reports that a deer had been shot in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that the animal, a young deer, had been shot at the scene with a handgun around 3 a.m. The soldiers have several photos of a person of interest and would like the public’s help in locating him.
The crime happened over a busy weekend with many out-of-town visitors attending a chainsaw carving competition and gemstone show at Reedsport. Several people were camping near the boat launch in trailers and trailers.
It’s a dangerous combination, according to Duane Dungannon, Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) state coordinator and publisher of Oregon Hunter magazine. “This is another disgusting sensational killer of a type that seems to be on the rise lately,” Dungannon said.
“Senseless poaching and waste by senseless individuals. The fact that this one took place at a public boat launch is even more disturbing,” added Dungannon.
State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the subject who is suspected of shooting a young male and leaving him to waste near the Reedsport boat launch.
The OHA operates the Turn In Poachers (TIP) reward program, which provides cash incentives for poaching cases involving game, fish, and habitat destruction statewide. A preference points option through ODFW complements the cash reward program, and both have led to increased reporting of poaching crimes to authorities.
A new non-game rewards program through the Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) offers cash incentives for reports of people illegally killing birds and other non-game wildlife.
In 2021, the OHA awarded $10,900 and the ODFW awarded 178 fighter preference points. Reward programs support public contribution to solving poaching crimes, according to OHA President Steve Hagan.
“OSP has done its part by capturing visual evidence that can help identify the perpetrator of this heinous crime,” Hagan said. “Please do the right thing and identify the perpetrator so they can be held accountable. This buck and possibly future generations of deer were stolen from the citizens of Oregon.
It’s this theft of natural resources that motivates OHA members across the state to support reward programs like the TIP Line. Members of the public who report poaching can remain anonymous, according to Yvonne Shaw, ODFW’s Stop Braconing Campaign Coordinator.
“Anonymity is important to encourage reporting,” she said. “Poachers are stealing natural resources from everyone in Oregon and it’s up to us as members of the public to help law enforcement solve these crimes if we are to reduce that impact.”
Dungannon is also eager to see the case resolved. “I can’t wait to sign that check for $500,” he said.
The Reedsport Police Department and Reedsport Public Works are assisting in the investigation. Anyone with information about this case can call the Oregon State Police hotline at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677) or email [email protected] .oregon.gov. Please indicate file number SP22-147967.
The Stop Braconing campaign educates the public on how to recognize and report poaching. This campaign is a collaboration between state agencies, sports and other conservationists, landowners and recreationists to engage the public in the fight against poaching in Oregon.
Our aim is to: Encourage the reporting of wildlife crime through the TIP Line; Strengthen enforcement by increasing the number of OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers; and Support prosecutions to become an effective deterrent. The campaign helps protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Contact campaign coordinator Yvonne Shaw for more information. [email protected]